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Unaccompanied minors

When your child is flying alone, we’ll be there every step of the way to make sure the journey is an adventure.

We make sure your unaccompanied minor has a memorable experience throughout his or her trip, from helping at check-in to transferring between flights or meeting guardians at the final destination.

Our Unaccompanied Minors service is for:

  • children between the ages of 5 and 15 who are flying alone
  • children under 8 traveling in a different cabin class from their parents or guardians
  • children over 8 traveling in a different cabin class from their parents or guardians with another child under 8

Our service for children flying alone

Help through the airport

A specialist member of our team will meet your child at our dedicated check-in desk for unaccompanied minors and be with him or her all the way through the airport, until we hand your child to the crew on board his or her flight.

Priority boarding

Families and unaccompanied minors always board the plane first. That gives them more time to get settled, and our cabin crew can help them stow their carry-on luggage and get comfortable.

Dedicated lounges for unaccompanied minors

When you drop your young solo adventurer off at Dubai International airport, you can take them straight to the Unaccompanied Minors Lounge near the check-in area. Our staff will check them in there and then escort them to one of our dedicated departure lounges for children flying alone.

Our Unaccompanied Minors Lounges have comfortable seating, games, and entertainment screens, as well as snacks and drinks to keep your little one occupied. There are children’s bathrooms in the lounges too.

If your child has some time before a connecting flight, they’ll be taken to one of the Unaccompanied Minors Lounges while they wait, before being handed over to our cabin crew. And if they’re with us during a meal time, one of our team will escort them to eat and then back to the lounge again.

Onboard care

We’re on hand to make sure your young flyer’s trip is as enjoyable as possible. When you book, let us know what kind of meal your child prefers and whether he or she would like to sit by the window or on the aisle. If it’s a birthday, you can order a cake for the crew to prepare on board so we can celebrate together. We also have a Polaroid camera so your young flyer can take home memories of their trip.

Support at landing

On arrival, a member of our specialist team will be there to greet your child at the aircraft door. We’ll help your child through the airport before delivering him or her to a parent or guardian.

What is the fare for an unaccompanied minor?

You can use our Unaccompanied Minor service when you pay an adult fare for your child. Otherwise, children under 12 will not be able to fly alone.

If you’re traveling in a different cabin class from your child, for the comfort of other passengers, we ask that visits between classes be kept to a minimum.

How to book your child’s solo flight

When you book a fare for a child under 12, unless there is proof that an adult is traveling with the child, you will need to arrange for our Unaccompanied Minors service.

Please get in touch with us at your local Emirates office to arrange the service.
Check our FAQ to learn more about the terms and conditions of our Unaccompanied Minors service.

Learn more

You can find out more about traveling with children in our special care FAQs.